Thursday, June 26, 2008

HISTORIC? YES! BUT WHY?


Today there is a historic ruling from the Supreme Court of the United States. The court voted 5-4 to uphold the right to bear arms for all citizens and not just those involved in militias. I want to give you some quotes and then tell you what is historic, but first the quotes;

Writing for the majority, Justice Antonin Scalia said the Constitution does not permit "the absolute prohibition of handguns held and used for self-defense in the home."

Scalia said the ruling should not "cast doubt on long-standing prohibitions on the possession of firearms by felons or the mentally ill, or laws forbidding the carrying of firearms in sensitive places such as schools and government buildings."

Wayne LaPierre, executive vice president of the National Rifle Association, called the decision "a great moment in American history."

"I consider this the opening salvo in a step-by-step process of providing relief for law-abiding Americans everywhere that have been deprived of this freedom," he said.

White House spokesman Tony Fratto said the White House is "pleased by the decision upholding Americans' right to bear arms."

Sen. John McCain called the decision a "landmark victory for Second Amendment freedom in the United States. Unlike the elitist view that believes Americans cling to guns out of bitterness, today's ruling recognizes that gun ownership is a fundamental right — sacred, just as the right to free speech and assembly,"

Now what is historic,in my opinion, is not the five that voted for the upholding of the 2nd Amendment, but rather the four who voted against it! We have four justices on the Supreme Court who voted in a fashion that would do away with the second amendment. You take those four and then add the vote the Supreme Court took granting legal rights to those in Guantanamo, and you have a frightening situation. Today's vote should have been 9-0 with all justices understanding the Constitution when it speaks clearly, which by the way it always does. This issue of the right to bear arms is not some great area that needs interpreters finesse. Yet four justices voted today to kill the second amendment.

So while the victors enjoy their spoils today, be aware of what this vote really displays. We are heading towards a Surpreme Court that will strip away every foundational right of the Constitution that we have, unless there are more justices like those that President Bush nominated. Which once again makes this coming election the most critical of our time.

Yes the right to bear arms was upheld, but tragically it was a narrow victory. One that might swing the other way should Barak Obama be the one nominating the next two or three Supreme Court Justices. If that does not make you vote for John McCain, then nothing will!

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pastor tom
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